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BNN offers you a selection of cultural events in Lithuania for the week during May 2 and May 8.

May 2-7:

International University Theatre Forum; various Vilnius venues;

International University Theatre Forum in Vilnius (Lithuania) is a unique youth event organized in the Baltic countries summoning students that are interested in theatre for interactive theatrical performances and aims to bring social and heritage questions to public attention. Troupes from Spain, Belarus, Finland, Poland, France, Russia, Latvia, Sweden and Italy have been guests in the Forums. In this year’s event, several Lithuanian student theatres and guests groups from foreign countries will participate. Forum embraces performances, creative workshops and action.

May 2-6:

Design Week; various Vilnius venues;

Design Week Lithuania is an annual event dedicated to the synthesis of insightful solutions, original ideas and professional performance while highlighting the values of good design. All the latest artwork, concepts and products are welcome to join the festival in various forms – special events, workshops, lectures, exhibitions. Various professionals and amateurs will present their works: designers (product, graphic, fashion, textile, furniture, interior), educational institutions, photographers, companies and all individuals who understand the importance of design.

May 3-8:

International Contemporary Dance Festival «New Baltic Dance» («Naujas Baltijos šokis»); various Vilnius venues;

«New Baltic Dance» during 20 years of its existence has grown up into one of the main and most prestigious dance festivals in the Baltic Sea area. Programme of the festival organized by Lithuanian Dance Information Centre and «Vilnius Festivals» consists both of well established companies with famous productions and new young companies/choreographers with experimental works. One of principles of the festival is to present the newest productions.

May 4, 10. 30 am:

Performance for children «Voro vestuvės» («Spider’s Wedding»), «Žalgiris» Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;

This is a new musical performance for children by Klaipeda Youth Theatre. The poem by the legendary Lithuanian poet Justinas Marcinkevičius is revived in the performance as a hilarious and lesson-teaching history, highlighting the modern day’s vices and drawbacks.

May 4, 7 pm:

Poems of Sounds; Lithuanian National Philharmonic (, Aušros Vartų g. 5, Vilnius;

Performers include Čiurlionis Quartet, Justina Auškelytė (violin), Cesare Pezzi (piano). Violinist Justina Auškelytė has garnered awards in major national and international violin competitions in Lithuania, Latvia, Czech Republic and Romania. In a prestigious 3rd International Jascha Heifetz Competition in Vilnius she captured second prize. Italian pianist Cesare Pezzi has given concerts in Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Estonia, Monaco, Switzerland, and the USA. The duo recorded a CD and has given many concerts.

May 6-8:

Europe Day; Gediminas Avenue, Vilnius;

The traditional Europe Day Fair, which is also known as the European Restaurant Fair held in Gediminas avenue, will invite the visitors to get acquainted with the cuisines of different European countries. All the guests of the fair will also have a chance to test their knowledge or to learn more about Europe during quizzes and other activities.

May 6, 10 pm:

Concert «Tik stipriau» (by legendary Lithuanian band Lemon Joy); Klaipėda Kultūros Fabrikas, Bangų g. 5A, Klaipėda;

Igoris Kofas, the band leader, insists that new song is about «everything and nothing at the same time.»

The song «Tik iškart, tik stipriau» has already made its way onto the charts of Lithuanian radio stations’ most popular songs. «Only real fans know that I never force new songs. The ideas for them as hints lay in my head for years before they are laid out on the paper and then are presented to the audience. This is exactly the story for my newest song «Tik iškart, tik stipriau,» says Kofas.

May 7, 7 pm:

Concert «From the New World» («Iš Naujojo Pasaulio»); Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (, Aušros Vartų g. 5, Vilnius;

The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society closes its 75th season with a symphonic music event led by conductor Maestro Modestas Pitrėnas. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with Peter Jablonski, Swedish-Polish pianist residing in London. For the world premiere of W. Kilar’s Piano Concerto in Warsaw Autumn Festival he earned Orpheus Prize, one of the most important awards in the industry. The concert programme features two works by Viennese classicist Beethoven.

May 7, 10 am:

Sport Dance Competition «Gintarinė pora 2016»; «Žalgiris» Arena, Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 50, Kaunas;

Around 700 amazing sport dance couples from all over the world and as many as 50 sport dance judges will swarm the arena where the couples will vie for coveted trophies.

May 7-8:

Spring pop up; Cultural Bar «Kablys» (, Kauno g. 5/21, Vilnius;

In spring, prepares to further surprise by an exceptional content moment event. Spring Pop Up shall gather the most actual fashion, jewellery, interior, haberdashery, perfumery, cosmetics and food trademarks. A restaurant, pop up cafes and exceptional content workshops shall be open here.

May 8, 3 pm:

Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra Concert; Trakai Castle Great Hall, Trakai;

Performers: Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, soloists Donatas Bagurskas, Miloslav Jelinek (double bass); works by Giovanni Bottesini, Max Bruch, Gabriel Fauré, Aleksandr Glazunov.

As a soloist and chamber musician Bagurskas regularly collaborates with Čiurlionis and Chordos string quartets. Meanwhile, Jelínek was the principal double bass of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra for 23 years. He is the founder and chairman of the Czech Society of Double Bassists. Every year in September he organizes the International Double Bass Convention in Brno. As a soloist he collaborates with various chamber and symphony orchestras.

May 8, 4 pm:

Concert «Verklärte Nacht» («Atsimainymas naktį»); Museum of Applied Art, Arsenalo g. 3A, Vilnius

Performers: Armonai Trio, Ingrida Armonaitė (violin), Rimantas Armonas (cello), Irena Uss (piano).

Well-known Lithuanian violinist Ingrida Armonaitė, cellist Rimantas Armonas and pianist Irena Uss are regularly performing in Lithuania and abroad they appear both as soloists and trio. They are professors at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. «Armonai Trio fascinates with subtle instrumental timbres and masterful musical lace of voices, perfection and vibrant beauty of music, as well as ideal concord,» Daiva Tamošaitytė described the trio.

May 8, noon:

Concert «The Songs Float Across the Seas» («Dainos plaukia per jūras») ; Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall (, Aušros Vartų g. 5, Vilnius;

Performers: choir of the Vilnius Choir Singing School «Liepaitės» and others. «Liepaitės» and young actors from Vilnius Cultural Centre Studio «Elementorius» are about to set off for a cheerful journey across Europe. The concert programme features arrangements of folksongs of Lithuania and other European nations as well as original choral music.

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